Archive for International Domain News

Another New gTLD For Google: Buys/Registered Premium Domain ABC.Global

FRIDAY,14 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on August 14th,Google has bought another new gTLD for its Alphabet brand which is using the domain name abc.xyz

Google registered/bought the premium domain name ABC.Global yesterday though its registrar Mark Monitor.

.Global has around 4,000 domain names that are priced with premium registration fees through the domain name registrar channel (however many registrars will not be selling those premium domain names until the end of August).

Rolf Larsen the CEO of .Global told thedomains.com that ABC.Global was priced in the highest tier of premium .global domain names.

.Global Premium domain names sold through the registrar channel do not carry a premium renewal fee.  All premium domain names renew at the normal renew fee which of course varies from registrar to registrar but is somewhere around $65.

At Hexonet.com, a domain name registrar that is carrying premium .Global domains, I looked up another  top tier domain name and it is priced around $4,500.

 

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A Band You Never Heard Of Bitches About Having To Pay For Pavement.com or The FB Page

FRIDAY,14 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on August 14th,a interesting story in contactmusic.com, about a band from the 90’s name Payment is bitching about not being able to simply get the domain name Pavement.com and/or a Facebook page by that name that is held by one of those nasty “Cybersquatters”.

Here is the title of the story:

“Rockers Pavement Spent Years With No Official Presence On Social Media Because They Refused To Pay A Fortune To A Cybersquatter For Their Domain Name.”

“The cult band split in 1999 and by the time they reunited for a comeback tour in 2010, social networking websites were the preferred route for band promotion and they wanted to set up their own Facebook.com page.

However, after discovering a mystery opportunist had already registered the band’s name and wanted a huge payoff to free it for the group, they refused.”

Guitarist Scott Kannberg tells Billboard, “When we were doing the reunion tour, we did a website and stuff, but with everything with Pavement, it’s like when you try to do something kind of cool, it always gets done kind of half-a**ed, you know? So everybody just lost interest in that website.”

“Then the Facebook, (other) people had control of it, like fans had Facebook pages and stuff. We tried to get (our official page) back around the reunion tour. But whoever had the page wouldn’t give it up, so we were just like, ‘Well, whatever.’ It wasn’t because we didn’t want to…

“We don’t know (who it was)!

I think it was just some random person who accumulated a bunch of pages for money.

They wanted a lot of money or something.

It was kind of a time when Facebook wasn’t as powerful. We were like, ‘Well, no way.’”

Well dude if you check it out, Facebook wasn’t even formed until 2004, way after 1989 when you were thinking about getting your Facebook page which didn’t even exist.

If you waited until 2010 for a generic term on Facebook, yeah its probably taken.

Maybe Scott your confusing Facebook with MySpace.com?

As far as domain names go Pavement.com is owned by the American Concrete Pavement Association, which sure doesn’t sound like a cybersquatter to me.

As for the band maybe you should be more concerned about your Wikipedia page:

“Pavement was an American indie rock band that formed in Stockton, California in 1989.”

Operative word is “was”.

As for the band since you were formed in 1989 you certainly were well positioned to register the domain name Pavement.com, which I will go way out on a limb to say was available to be registered for free in 1989.

You were also around in 2004 when Facebook started so you could have registered your bands name on a FB page.

Now if you just woke up in 2010 or 2015, sorry you took a long nap, but don’t blame those that were awake and aware

Contactmusic.com maybe you should fact check your stories.

I checked iTunes.com and the bands most “popular” song only has 2 bars which is the pervable blimp on the radar.

Breaking: 8.xyz Hits the DOMAINfest .asia Auction at No Reserve

FRIDAY,14 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain Forum of China on August 14th,the domain name 8.XYZ will be in the auction as part of the DOMAINfest.asia conference that will be held in Macau China from September 4th- 7th.

RightoftheDot.com in conjunction with 4.CN will be holding an online domain name auction of around 150+ domains from September 2nd-September 9th.

The auction will be in English and Chinese and bids will be show in US dollars and Chinese Yuan.

All transactions will be cleared through DN.Cn which is the leading escrow service in China.

The number 8 of course is the luckiest number in Chinese culture and the new gTLD .XYZ has been in the global news this week ever since Google announced it’s new holding company Alphabet’s web address will be abc.xyz.

Domain names containing the number 8 have sold for big money.

Most recently 8.co sold at Heritage Auction in February of this year for $115K.

88888.com was sold by Frank Schilling’s Name Administration for $245,000 also earlier this year.

W8.com sold for $140,000 of February of this year.

The domain name 8.XYZ is being offered at no reserve and is arguably the best .xyz domain of all (except now abc.xyz)

The domain is owned by the .XYZ registry and is being offered for sale for the 1st time.

Based on the 8.co sale for $115,000, coupled with the fact that a substantial percentage of the registered .xyz domain names are registered to registrants in China, we expect this domain to easily hit the five figures, if not the six figures.

We expect to have the complete inventory for the RightoftheDot.com/4.cn auction to loaded by next week on 4.cn and I can tell you we have a very impressive list of NNN.com domains, LLL.com domains LLLL.com domains as well as single word.com as well as some special new gTLD’s.

Bidding instructions will follow.

By the way the submission period is now closed for this auction.

As a disclaimer, I am a director of RightoftheDot.com

Negari of .XYZ On Bloomberg TV On Dominance of .Com: “I Think It’s Over”

THURSDAY,13 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on August 13th,Daniel Negari the CEO of the .XYZ registry was interviewed on Bloomberg Television today during the Bloomberg West show.

.XYZ has been in the headline since Google announcement of the formation of its parent company Alphabet which would be using the domain name abc.xyz.

The co-host of the Bloomberg West show asked the following question:

There are now a Lot of choice for a domain name.

We know that .Com is king,  how long will that last?

Daniel:

“I think its over”

Negari went on to say .XYZ was adding on average 3K registrations a day before the announcement, and confirmed what we reported earlier that .XYZ had 20,000 domain registrations in the two days following the Google announcement.

“XYZ is the future.

The alphabet ends in XYZ and so should domain names.

You can watch the interview here, unfortunately its a Yahoo feed so you will have to suffer through a 30 second commercial to watch the interview.

Not too much in the domain space is hotter this week than .XYZ.

Google Didn’t Even Contact BMW To Offer To Buy Alphabet.com

THURSDAY,13 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on August 13th,it seems that Google did not even contact BMW, that owns the domain name Alphabet.com, to see if they would sell it before going with abc.xyz

The article quotes a spokesman at BMW, who said “that the automaker was not informed ahead of time of plans by Page and Brin to create a company called Alphabet and had not received any offers to buy the Internet domain or the trademark”.

Beyond BMW’s trademark issue with Google there are plenty of other Company’s using the term Alphabet:

“On Wall Street, there is an Alphabet Funds. Lots of midsize and small companies also use the name Alphabet. There is an Alphabet Energy in Hayward, Calif.; an Alphabet Record Co. in Austin, Texas; an Alphabet Plumbing in Prescott, Ariz.; and many preschools, inns and restaurants with some variation of the name.

“It’s quite flattering really,” said Steve Lockwood, the company secretary of Alphabet, a small recruitment and outsourcing firm in London. “We probably won’t put it on the agenda to sue them over it, but if they want to make us a very generous offer for our domain names, we’ll certainly consider it.”

“We do all of our business online, and Google could really affect us,” said Jennifer Blakeley, who in 2008 registered Alphabet Photography as an online retail store selling printed photos of buildings and natural formations that look like letters.

The story quotes Jason Adler, founder and chief executive of Alphabet Funds, a group of hedge funds in New York, who said he already tried to buy Alphabet.com but was unsuccessful.

“I’m getting blown up from all my investors and my friends they are sending me emails, all of them, and every one of them says the same thing: ‘Google took your name.’”

Adler founded Alphabet in 2007, and today it includes three hedge funds and is raising its first venture capital fund.

Sedo Transactions Total $1million led by GDL.com at $34,500

WEDNESDAY,12 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn  on August 12th, Sedo had 454 transactions on their marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1m. 54% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. 

 Highlights of public sales are:

Top .com: gdl.com at 34,500 USD

Top ccTLD:  rabatt.ch at 19,100 EUR

Top “other” TLD: jjy.net at 7,300 USD

New Gtld sales this week: Solar.City 5,000 USD – RRR.one 2,500 EUR – Open.Bid 2,400 USD and Grace.Church 1,999 USD

MadeBy.com was sold in 2010 for 3,500 USD and resold this week for 20,000 USD

Lov.eu is an interesting hack at 2,750 EUR

Domain name Price Currency
.COMs
gdl.com 34,500 USD
juiceland.com 20,000 USD
madeby.com 20,000 USD
greatbowery.com 10,000 USD
healthyourway.com 10,000 USD
miseenscene.com 10,000 USD
sandsculpture.com 9,500 EUR
yaala.com 7,500 USD
1-stop.com 7,000 USD
f321.com 6,000 USD
bearn.com 5,000 EUR
shareinvesting.com 4,995 USD
handpan.com 4,900 USD
xdxd.com 4,600 EUR
flexpaper.com 4,500 USD
gamesbond.com 4,200 USD
templestone.com 4,140 USD
hashatm.com 4,000 USD
kat-g.com 4,000 USD
bwstor.com 4,000 USD
ehaat.com 3,900 EUR
eschat.com 3,900 EUR
striim.com 3,900 EUR
zomatobook.com 3,800 USD
stayprivate.com 3,500 USD
mindthings.com 3,495 USD
bitehop.com 3,350 USD
ressos.com 3,000 USD
neconline.com 3,000 USD
fteu.com 3,000 USD
mortalmedia.com 3,000 USD
generica.com 3,000 USD
carsun.com 3,000 USD
123fan.com 2,502 USD
happyshine.com 2,500 USD
ellislawfirm.com 2,500 USD
getmomentum.com 2,500 USD
induveca.com 2,500 USD
p-q.com 2,499 USD
gogocook.com 2,495 USD
animalagency.com 2,438 USD
augenpraxisklinik.com 2,395 USD
hairvitals.com 2,300 USD
ipager.com 2,300 USD
teambetter.com 2,295 USD
trueclub.com 2,200 USD
syncedup.com 2,200 USD
4uni.com 2,200 EUR
driverr.com 2,200 USD
calmhome.com 2,095 USD
izitravel.com 2,095 USD
flyingbuck.com 2,095 USD
brandsea.com 2,000 USD
envecon.com 2,000 EUR
sesb.com 2,000 GBP
lifestrom.com 2,000 EUR
westers.com 1,999 EUR
koloa.com 1,999 USD
assessmentpro.com 1,999 USD
domotron.com 1,900 EUR
coinfaucet.com 1,895 USD
sambesi.com 1,895 USD
purefreight.com 1,850 USD
ws-group.com 1,850 EUR
investiniran.com 1,800 EUR
calmspa.com 1,795 USD
imoservice.com 1,695 USD
rippling.com 1,649 USD
buyproducts.com 1,640 USD
hireapornstar.com 1,600 USD
12mua.com 1,599 USD
mojopower.com 1,595 USD
iecm.com 1,500 USD
pypr.com 1,500 USD
mrplus.com 1,500 USD
synapsi.com 1,450 USD
decolution.com 1,450 USD
brewgallery.com 1,450 USD
new-directions.com 1,400 USD
visioninsure.com 1,350 USD
larscom.com 1,288 USD
gohoteles.com 1,215 EUR
bbyo.com 1,200 USD
kilinc.com 1,100 EUR
timesascent.com 1,099 USD
glijmiddel.com 1,077 USD
payrocket.com 1,000 USD
webzila.com 1,000 USD
northlogan.com 1,000 USD
bestcoffeeshops.com 1,000 USD
generativeknowledge.com 1,000 USD
viacamera.com 999 USD
10thingstodo.com 999 USD
dodgerblue.com 999 EUR
mayy.com 999 USD
wycc.com 998 GBP
wmxz.com 998 GBP
digitalbiography.com 998 USD
formsinmotion.com 988 USD
zentri.com 988 USD
consultcourtney.com 977 USD
centurycitycondos.com 975 USD
amiette.com 950 USD
corporatemonkey.com 900 USD
bukapak.com 900 USD
naturalslate.com 900 USD
bethappy.com 899 EUR
prix-immobilier.com 899 EUR
icloed.com 895 USD
marketinfantry.com 877 USD
web-buy.com 875 USD
sexshop24h.com 850 EUR
regalcarsales.com 850 USD
branschreunion.com 850 USD
eceutica.com 850 USD
healingleakygut.com 800 USD
7hv.com 799 EUR
marqueemovies.com 799 USD
tervonen.com 799 EUR
xshi.com 799 USD
carrentalusa.com 799 USD
greggibbs.com 777 USD
my-backpack.com 777 USD
getridofmanboobs.com 750 USD
bc100.com 750 EUR
progul.com 749 USD
oklahomamd.com 740 USD
gremis.com 700 USD
yjgj.com 700 EUR
hibiscushomes.com 700 EUR
ccTLDs
rabatt.ch 19,100 EUR
ws.de 15,250 EUR
sexy.co.uk 6,250 GBP
gemeinde.at 4,300 EUR
grenier.fr 3,510 EUR
concerto.it 3,500 EUR
bandy.co 3,300 USD
vakuumtechnik.de 3,000 EUR
sextoys.it 3,000 EUR
bullish.co 2,900 USD
lov.eu 2,750 EUR
climb.no 2,500 USD
9u.cc 2,000 USD
8h.cc 2,000 USD
ebike.co 1,999 EUR
ascendis.cn 1,999 USD
obesitascentrum.nl 1,750 EUR
bus.im 1,750 GBP
carrington.co.uk 1,745 GBP
dresscode.it 1,625 EUR
puresport.co.uk 1,500 GBP
mile.tv 1,500 USD
wettbewerber.de 1,275 EUR
mobilfunk.at 1,200 EUR
fassadenschutz.de 1,200 EUR
crea.at 1,099 EUR
delegeren.nl 1,050 EUR
freeride.co 1,000 USD
pavot.fr 1,000 EUR
autostop.co.uk 1,000 GBP
fishersci.eu 1,000 EUR
heizeffizienz.de 1,000 EUR
rainydays.co.uk 999 GBP
vibo.es 999 EUR
e-business-manager.de 999 EUR
goldticket.de 990 EUR
onmedical.de 942 EUR
rail.im 850 GBP
strategiespiele.de 839 EUR
kng.nl 799 USD
ph7.co.uk 785 GBP
immobiliermiami.fr 770 EUR
donau-bodensee-radweg.de 750 EUR
anglingdirect.nl 749 EUR
OTHER
jjy.net 7,300 USD
solar.city 5,000 USD
ifuture.net 3,499 USD
arenamate.net 3,150 EUR
epharm.net 2,500 USD
rrr.one 2,500 EUR
open.bid 2,400 USD
grace.church 1,999 USD
surcon.net 1,900 EUR
myrepublic.net 1,800 EUR
facebank.net 1,720 EUR
suddenlinkcable.org 1,600 USD
worldwidemarket.info 1,250 USD
pokerlucky.net 1,200 EUR
superpower.net 1,000 EUR
thinkinghabit.info 1,000 USD
wetogether.org 1,000 USD
freeproxy.org 999 GBP
kabinett.org 950 EUR
wallsome.net 900 USD
prill.org 899 USD
sleepmask.org 877 USD
wc.biz 850 EUR

 

Best Headline For New gTLD’s: “Thanks to Google’s Alphabet, .Xyz Will End .Com Dominance”

WEDNESDAY,12 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on August 12th, Wired.com just published a story which maybe the best headline ever for the new gTLD lovers and supporters:

“Thanks to Google’s Alphabet, .XYZ Will End .Com Dominance”

That as Taylor Swift would say is the best headline “like ever, ever” for a new gTLD

Yeah

Ponder on that one for a while.

Ok I will give you a few.

The rest of the story goes on to chat about Daniel Negari who sold his last name .com address Negari.com for $1,800 on Namejet just today and operates .XYZ.

However the front page of Wired.com has 3 articles about Alphabet and/or abc.xyz

The story doesn’t really give any details or support for its headline and there is not anything new in the story that we haven’t covered for years here at thedomains.com  but the headline is still  pretty amazing.

Meet Google New Parent’s Company Alphabet Whose Domain Name is ABC.XYZ

TUESDAY,11 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on August 11th,Google announced today on its company’s blog, its forming a new parent company to see all of its businesses calling it Alphabet.

The domain name of the holding company is not going to be Alphabet.com but the new gTLD abc.xyz.

“What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google”

“Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet.

Our two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG”

For the record Alphabet.com is owned by BMW but is not resolving but was active back in March of this year, so Google most certainly could have bought the domain name Alphabet.com but instead went with ABC.XYZ.

Wow: UDRP Filed on Blackjack.com

TUESDAY,11 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on August 11th,a UDRP has been filed on the domain name Blackjack.com

According to the whois record the domain name backjack.com is owned by “Private Individual” of the UK.

The Complainant in the UDRP is not listed.

The domain name Blackjack.com is being used as a directory site for playing blackjack online along with other information about the game.

I found two trademark in the USPTO for the term “blackjack”. One trademark belongs to a Excel Industries, Inc. of Kansas for lawn mowers and was granted on April 21, 2014.

The other trademark belongs to Loveland Products, Inc for Fertilizers which was issued in January of this year.

However there are about 18 trademarks issued in the EU for the term blackjack.

Verizon Files 1st UDRP For a .Porn Domain Name: Verizon.Porn

MONDAY,10 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on August 10th,Verizon has  Filed the 1st UDRP For a .Porn Domain Name: Verizon.Porn

The domain name was registered on June 4, 2015 and is owned by an Adam Rothman of Roslyn New York.

Despite paying $1,500 in filing fees to gain control of Verizon.Porn, Verizon hasn’t bothered to  register the new gTLD .adult which was released at the same time.  Verizon.adult remains unregistered as of publication.

Verizon did gain control of the domain name VerizonWireless.porn on June 29th after it was registered by a third party and transferred to it after what we only assume was a C & D letter.

If you’re wondering Verizon did pony up $2K+ to register Verizon.sucks

Verizon does not own Verizon.xxx which is reserved by the ICM Registry so that Verizon didn’t have to register it.